It is Written

Immediately following the baptism of Jesus, which began His public ministry, He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-4). The first temptation recorded came after Jesus had gone without food for forty days and forty nights.

Satan worked off of Jesus’ need for food by commanding Him to turn the stones into loaves of bread. The Lord’s response to him mirrors the words given to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 8:1-3. Note the correlation between these two circumstances: The Israelites spent forty years wandering in the wilderness, and Jesus Christ spent forty days in the desert. These were tests to provoke a response of humility and recognition that God’s instructions, through the Word of God, are the mandate by which man is to live.

Remember, Jesus was God incarnate, so He had the power within Himself to overcome his hunger, yet, He was waiting on God the Father to supply His needs. Over and over again, throughout the Gospels, Jesus would demonstrate this by doing nothing without specific guidance and direction from the Father because it was the Father’s work He came to accomplish (John 17:4). This is such a valuable lesson for us.

John 17:24 explains that the Father, from the foundation of the world, bestowed His gift of love to the Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus describes this gift of love as His own personal glory. Now, man can only come to know the Father through the Son (1 Timothy 2:5). By what means did Jesus impart those things given to Him by the Father? By the Word of God (John 17:8-26).

Through Jesus Christ, believers are adopted as God’s own children, and can truly know God with absolute assurance. God’s plan and purpose for His children, which was ordained from the foundation of the world, is that they might live for the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:12). This is the glory of living by every Word because it is the Word of God that Christians are sanctified or set apart for His use. They are to follow the example of Jesus in glorifying the Father, by obeying and living by every Word of God that has been spoken through the Scriptures. Jesus Christ, the Living Word, overcame the world by obedience to the Father and His own Word (John 16:33).

In this lies our challenge.

On a day-to-day basis, whose will our we following? His or ours? We cannot know His will for our lives unless we are willing to spend time in quiet communion with Him in prayer; yet prayer remains one of the most neglected practices of most Christians today, myself included.

Make a commitment today to change this. We need not come up with extravagant speech or posture to reach out to God—He just wants to hear your heart. Seek His will for your life today, for tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.

By doing this simple act, you will learn to model His obedience.